Peeping into the microworld of insects!

by Geetha – I have been in love with the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) from when I first learned of its existence as an undergraduate student. I became very happy in the NICE lab when I was able to take an Electron Microscopy course for my Postdoctoral study on pollinators. Successively, I have engaged every chance to use the SEM, and have accumulated a beautiful little pool of micrographs. Here are some from our collection!


A Honeybee’s upper lip!


The hairy eyeball of the honeybee showing thousands of ommatidia (optical units of the compound eye) 


The additional “simple eyes” of the honeybee known as ocelli


The elegant foot of the honeybee


Pollen of the ornamental plant, Techoma stans 

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